The Many Talents of HHS: Day 1, Art at HHS

Casey Palmer

This week, HHS Press is showcasing the many talents of students at HHS. Today, we kick things off with a photo essay capturing the beautiful work created by students taking art classes.

By Allison McNulty, Casey Palmer, and Emma Zack

The art department has always been a major part of student life at Hopkinton High School. From ceramics to digital art to studio art and everything in between, students always look forward to taking art as their elective. Ceramics, taught by Ms.Rainey, encourages students to express their creativity through clay and painting, while studio art focuses on everything from watercolors to pastels. Smartphone photography, taught by Mr. Worrell, and digital art, taught by department head Mrs. Gianino, take creativity in a different direction by using today’s technology to express new art and photos.

Students can take semester classes ranging in different levels of difficulty. For instance, there are advanced art classes available for students who are interested in testing their artistic abilities and challenging themselves with a more rigorous course. Rainey, who has taught art at HHS for 13 years, has seen a lot of growth in the department’s offerings during that time. “Students’ abilities to access a variety of different courses has gotten a lot better, they now have more classes available and more choices than we’ve ever had before at HHS,” she said. “Art gives students a hands own approach that they don’t get in many other classes.”

Art classes provide students with a creative outlet during the school day, and give them opportunities that they might not encounter otherwise.

A sign hangs on a bulletin board in the atrium that announces upcoming art projects to be displayed. Photo by Emma Zack.
A sign hangs on a bulletin board in the atrium that announces upcoming art projects to be displayed. Photo by Emma Zack.
Portraits of Yoda and Han Solo, created by the Studio Art 1 class, hang in the art wing. Photo by Allison McNulty.
Portraits of Yoda and Han Solo, created by the Studio Art 1 class, hang in the art wing. Photo by Allison McNulty.
Freshman students work on their self portrait projects in Studio Art 1. Photo by Emma Zack.
Freshman students work on their self portrait projects in Studio Art 1. Photo by Emma Zack.
Students store their artwork on shelves along the walls of the art room. Photo by Emma Zack.
Students store their artwork on shelves along the walls of the art room. Photo by Emma Zack.
Freshman art student, Ciara Johnson, works on her self portrait in Studio Art 1. Photo by Casey Palmer.
Freshman art student Ciara Johnson works on her self portrait in Studio Art 1. Photo by Casey Palmer.
Instructions for the class are displayed on the whiteboard, and examples for the class to follow are pictured on an easel. Photo by Allison McNulty.
Instructions for the class are displayed on the whiteboard, and examples for the class to follow are pictured on an easel. Photo by Allison McNulty.
Ceramics II student, senior Jill Kellett, uses texture on her newest project. Photo by Emma Zack.
Ceramics II student senior Jill Kellett uses texture on her newest project. Photo by Emma Zack.
Student Marisa Nagel glazes her bowl. Photo by Casey Palmer.
Senior Marisa Nagel glazes her bowl. Photo by Casey Palmer.
Students in the ceramics room use finer brushes to add more intricate details to their creations. Photo by Emma Zack.
Students in the ceramics room use finer brushes to add more intricate details to their creations. Photo by Emma Zack.
Senior Jill Kellet shows off her latest project. Photo by Casey Palmer.
Senior Jill Kellett shows off her latest project. Photo by Casey Palmer.
Student Marisa Nagel works on her final project. Photo by Casey Palmer.
Senior Marisa Nagel works on her final project. Photo by Casey Palmer.
Different glazes line the shelf of the Ceramics room. Photo by Casey Palmer.
Different glazes line the shelf of the Ceramics room. Photo by Casey Palmer.
Glazes and projects surround the ceramics room. Photo by Allison McNulty.
Glazes and projects surround the ceramics room. Photo by Allison McNulty.
Previous students leave their mark on the room as they graduate. Photo by Allison McNulty.
Previous students leave their mark on the room as they graduate, reflecting the imprint that the HHS art department has made on their lives. Photo by Allison McNulty.
Senior Kayla Patrick picks up her finished project from the shelf and is ready to take it home. Photo by Casey Palmer.
Senior Kayla Patrick picks up her finished project from the shelf and is ready to take it home. Photo by Casey Palmer.
Art club welcomes new members every week. Photo by Emma Zack.
Art club welcomes new members every week. Photo by Emma Zack.
Stencil drawings by Studio Art One decorate the halls. Photo by Allison McNulty.
Stencil drawings by Studio Art One decorate the halls. Photo by Allison McNulty.
Art made by Hopkinton High School Students hangs on the display board outside of the art room. Photo by Allison McNulty.
Art made by Hopkinton High School Students hangs on the display board outside of the art room. Photo by Allison McNulty.
More artwork made by Hopkinton students decorates the walls of the art hallway. Photo by Allison McNulty.
More artwork made by Hopkinton students decorates the walls of the art hallway. Photo by Allison McNulty.
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